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Trump, Kim Jong-un hail historic summit; questions over way forward

SINGAPORE, Singapore –Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un hailed their historic summit Tuesday, June 12, as a breakthrough in relations between Cold War foes, but the agreement they produced contained few details about the key issue of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons. The extraordinary and unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 12th, 2018

Trump, Kim hail historic summit despite doubts over agreement

SINGAPORE (3rd UPDATE) –  Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un  hailed their historic summit Tuesday, June 12, as a breakthrough in relations between Cold War foes, but the agreement they produced was short on details about the key issue of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons. The extraordinary encounter saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy  ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Trump received Kim Jong-un letter seeking second meet – White House

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump has received a "very positive" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said Monday, September 10. "It was a very warm, very positive letter," White House spokeswoman Sarah ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Trump received Kim Jong Un letter seeking 2nd meet – White House

WASHINGTON, United States -- US President Donald Trump has received a "very positive" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said Monday. "It was a very warm, very positive letter," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that the message showed Pyongyang's "continued commitment to focus on denuclearization" on the Korean Peninsula. "The primary purpose of the letter was to schedule another meeting with the president, which we are open to and are already in the process of coordinating," she said at the first White House press briefing in nearly three weeks. Sanders added tha...Keep on reading: Trump received Kim Jong Un letter seeking 2nd meet – White House.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Pompeo in North Korea to seek details on denuclearization

PYONGYANG, North Korea –  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Friday, July 6, to press Kim Jong-un for a more detailed commitment to denuclearization following the North Korean leader's historic summit with President Donald Trump. Pompeo was greeted in the North Korean capital by Kim's right hand ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Pompeo hopes to fill in details of North Korea agreement

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he expects North Korea to be ready to "fill in some details" of the commitments on denuclearization made by Kim Jong Un at his historic summit with President Donald Trump last month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Trump says North Korea talks going well, lashes out at critics

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – US  President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, July 3, talks with North Korea were making progress despite reports Kim Jong Un's regime had stepped up its nuclear program after the two leaders held a historic summit. "Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!" he ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

US to give North Korea post-summit timeline with ‘asks’ soon —official

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE — The United States will soon present a timeline to North Korea with “specific asks” of Pyongyang after a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a senior U.S. defense official said. The official, who spoke to a small group of reporters ahead of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

NKorea still a nuclear threat – Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump on Friday (Saturday in Manila) cited “an unusual and extraordinary threat” from North Korea’s nuclear arsenal to extend sanctions on Kim Jong Un’s regime, despite touting the success of a historic summit earlier this month. After flying back to Washington last week, boasting of success, the US leader tweeted: [...] The post NKorea still a nuclear threat – Trump appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Despite summit, NKorea still a nuclear threat, says Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump on Friday cited “an unusual and extraordinary threat” from North Korea’s nuclear arsenal to extend sanctions on Kim Jong Un’s regime, despite touting the success of a historic summit earlier this month. After flying back to Washington last week, boasting of success, the US leader tweeted: “There is no [...] The post Despite summit, NKorea still a nuclear threat, says Trump appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Despite summit, North Korea still a nuclear threat, says Trump

WASHINGTON, United States – US President Donald Trump on Friday, June 22 cited "an unusual and extraordinary threat" from North Korea's nuclear arsenal to extend sanctions on Kim Jong Un's regime, despite touting the success of a historic summit earlier this month. After flying back to Washington last week, boasting ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Japan says halting missile drills after Trump-Kim summit

TOKYO, Japan – Japan is suspending evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack after historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang , its top government spokesman said Friday, June 22. The decision comes after US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un met last week in Singapore and signed a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Trump aide leaves White House

WASHINGTON, United States — The White House on Tuesday announced the latest departure from President Donald Trump’s administration: deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, who played a key role in organizing the historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Hagin, 62, had worked for three previous Republican presidents: Ronald Reagan, George HW […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

China s Xi praises North Korea s Kim for Trump summit, promises support

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, lauding the “positive” outcome of his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and promising unwavering friendship. Source link link: China's Xi praises North Korea's Kim for Trump summit, promises support.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Kim Jong Un heads to Beijing—reports

SEOUL --- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may visit Beijing soon to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss cooperation after his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a media report said Tuesday. A special Air Koryo flight headed to Beijing from Pyongyang on Tuesday, fanning speculations that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is making his third trip to China. Japanese media had reported earlier in the day that Beijing and Pyongyang were making arrangements for a meeting between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the reports, Kim is scheduled to arrive in Beijing some time Tuesday. If the meeting is held, it will be the third time for Kim to meet ...Keep on reading: Kim Jong Un heads to Beijing—reports.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Japan working to arrange Abe-Kim talks – reports

TOKYO: Japan is working to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader said he was open to talks, local media reported Thursday. The Sankei Shimbun said Kim discussed the possibility during historic talks Tuesday with US President Donald Trump. “During the summit with Trump, Kim [...] The post Japan working to arrange Abe-Kim talks – reports appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Dollar builds on gains ahead of Fed, equities struggle

The dollar extended gains against its peers in Asian trade Wednesday as investors await a key Federal Reserve decision later in the day, but most equity markets dipped. As the euphoria over the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un recedes, investors are focusing on macroeconomic issues with concerns over global trade causing […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

World no longer on the brink

NUCLEAR RUIN AVERTED SEOUL, Korea– Donald Trump accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe”. Tuesday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world’s most […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

World can ‘sleep well’ after N.Korea summit, Trump says

A jubilant-sounding President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his “deal” with Kim Jong Un has ended North Korea’s nuclear threat and made the world safer, as he returned to Washington following the historic talks. World can ‘sleep well’ after N.Korea summit, Trump says A jubilant-sounding President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his Source link: World can ‘sleep well’ after N.Korea summit, Trump says.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Trump: World dodged ‘nuclear catastrophe’

SEOUL: Donald Trump accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe.” Critics have said the unprecedented encounter in Singapore was more style than substance, producing a document [...] The post Trump: World dodged ‘nuclear catastrophe’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018